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Dorkus Malorkus

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Yeah, we frown on posting links to other forums, but this is potentially big enough news to justify it, imo.

The 2+2 Forums: Beat: Absolute is *actually* rigged (serious) (read me)

For anyone who doesn't want to wade through all that, I'll summarize...

- A hand is posted where some guy makes a ridiculous turn call with T high which is actually good. Not really suspect on its own, could be a misclick or w/e.

- Dunno where it started, but a rumour appears to be in circulation that AP has a 'superuser' account for testing purposes that can see other players hole cards.

- Some crazy PT screenshots and stats are posted (doubledrag, potripper and graycat are apparently all the same person).

193 hands played at 15/30nl.
vpip-93.78% amount won-$54,305.50 BB/100 hands-468.96. went to SD-22.07% W$SD-50% PFR-72.02% PF AF-2.22 flop AF-4.48 turn AF-7.44 river AF 41.0.

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Note not only the fact that the guy is playing with an insane VPIP/PFR and winning, but also the ridiculous river aggression factor. Pretty much exactly as you'd expect someone to play if they knew other player's hole cards.

- A bunch of HS regulars have sent HHs to adanthar, who notes that he can never see any instance of the guy calling with a worse hand on any street that subsequently goes to showdown.

Some hands...

Seat 2 - XAJA1 ($5580 in chips)
Seat 3 - DOUBLEDRAG ($36947.50 in chips)
Seat 5 - IKESTOYS ($6042 in chips)
Seat 1 - DAVIDP18 ($7094 in chips)
Seat 4 - FRISCOMELT ($7746 in chips)
Seat 6 - CASH369 ($6000 in chips)
DOUBLEDRAG - Posts small blind $15
FRISCOMELT - Posts big blind $30
*** POCKET CARDS ***
Dealt to IKESTOYS [10s Kh]
IKESTOYS - Raises $120 to $120
XAJA1 - Calls $120
DOUBLEDRAG - Raises $405 to $420
IKESTOYS - All-In(Raise) $5922 to $6042
XAJA1 - Folds
DOUBLEDRAG - Calls $5622
*** FLOP *** [6d 6c 9s]
*** RIVER *** [6d 6c 9s 5c] [10d]
*** SUMMARY ***
*** TURN *** [6d 6c 9s] [5c]
DOUBLEDRAG - Shows [Ac 2c] (One pair, sixes)

Seat 1 - DAVIDP18 ($6300 in chips) [ 2007-09-06 23:37:10 ]
Seat 3 - DOUBLEDRAG ($18199.50 in chips)
Seat 6 - CASH369 ($5955 in chips)
Seat 5 - IKESTOYS ($6000 in chips)
Seat 2 - XAJA1 ($5580 in chips)
Seat 4 - FRISCOMELT ($9564 in chips)
XAJA1 - Posts small blind $15
DOUBLEDRAG - Posts big blind $30
*** POCKET CARDS ***
Dealt to IKESTOYS [10h 7s]
IKESTOYS - Raises $120 to $120
DOUBLEDRAG - Calls $90
*** FLOP *** [Qc 6d 5c]
DOUBLEDRAG - Checks
IKESTOYS - Bets $210
DOUBLEDRAG - Calls $210
*** TURN *** [Qc 6d 5c] [3s]
DOUBLEDRAG - Checks
IKESTOYS - Checks
*** RIVER *** [Qc 6d 5c 3s] [7c]
DOUBLEDRAG - Bets $1920
IKESTOYS - Calls $1920
*** SHOW DOWN ***
DOUBLEDRAG - Shows [Jc Jd] (One pair, jacks)

Here's the T high hand I mentioned at the start.

Stage #896976330 Tourney ID 1883389 Holdem Multi Normal Tournament No Limit $4500 - 2007-09-13 01:43:49 (ET)
Table: 14 (Real Money) Seat #3 is the dealer
Seat 3 - POTRIPPER ($765740 in chips)
Seat 8 - CRAZYMARCO ($214260 in chips)
POTRIPPER - Ante $450
CRAZYMARCO - Ante $450
POTRIPPER - Posts small blind $2250
CRAZYMARCO - Posts big blind $4500
*** POCKET CARDS ***
POTRIPPER - Calls $2250
CRAZYMARCO - Checks
*** FLOP *** [4h Kd Kh]
CRAZYMARCO - Checks
POTRIPPER - Bets $9000
CRAZYMARCO - Calls $9000
*** TURN *** [4h Kd Kh] [7s]
CRAZYMARCO - Checks
POTRIPPER - Bets $13500
CRAZYMARCO - All-In(Raise) $200310 to $200310
POTRIPPER - Calls $186810
*** RIVER *** [4h Kd Kh 7s] [5s]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
POTRIPPER - Shows [10c 9c] (One pair, kings)
CRAZYMARCO - Shows [9h 2h] (One pair, kings)
POTRIPPER Collects $428520 from main pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total Pot($428520)
Board [4h Kd Kh 7s 5s]
Seat 3: POTRIPPER (dealer) (small blind) won Total ($428520) HI:($428520) with One pair, kings(ten kicker) [10c 9c - B:Kh,B:Kd,P:10c,P:9c,B:7s]
Seat 8: CRAZYMARCO (big blind) HI:lost with One pair, kings [9h 2h - B:Kh,B:Kd,P:9h,B:7s,B:5s]

Basically, the play really does identically and consistently match what one would expect from an uncultured player who can see his opponents holecards.

If you're still not feeling it, read through the thread. Many of the people who are onside with the 'something is amiss' theory are high stakes regulars who are much better at interpreting these sort of things than I am. Nevertheless, it makes for pretty unpleasant viewing even for me, although I've never played at Absolute (or played $3k NL, lol).

Who'd have thought I'd ever be making a serious "ZOMG RIGGED" thread? :eek:
 
Homey Jeromey

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I wonder about all the sites I play on!!!
For example on bodog during a freeroll Person in 1st position after BB goes all in with 85 off suit I call with AA (DUH) flop comes 885:confused:
I know this has nothing to do with seeing others cards but Luck?
I kinda suspect something fishy
 
Dorkus Malorkus

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can we please not turn this into a random bad beats thread, thanks
 
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oh man, i thought this was going to be about the absolute incident where they awarded a pot to a losing razz hand because they, a poker site, actually have their razz rules wrong (also on 2+2, can probably find it via search). but this is pretty insane. absolute is messed up
 
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Sorry Dorkus wasnt trying to do that. I was serious but sorry just the same
 
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so you are saying that these users are used for testing and they can see the hole cards???

that is crazy....glad the only US friendly and MAC friendly site is full tilt...although there are many believers of full tilt being rigged (me not one of them)...just people whining about bad beats

but that absolute thing is ridiculous....has this been brought up to absolute's support???
if so, have these occurrences stopped?
 
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They moved most of the original post to the mod forum where nobody can read it. All we can see is that hand history which on it's own isn't enough of the story.
 
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They moved most of the original post to the mod forum where nobody can read it. All we can see is that hand history which on it's own isn't enough of the story.

Yeah, that baffles me a little, not sure exactly why they'd move stuff.

Most of the relevant info is in the linked thread though. There's not just the one HH - there are many, and the PT stats are ridiculous. I do suspect there's something more to it for someone like adanthar (who I know from places aside from 2p2) to be so convinced, though.

Sorry Dorkus wasnt trying to do that. I was serious but sorry just the same

No probs sir. I'm just conscious that people might use this thread to say silly things like "I KNEW ONLINE POKERS WAS RIGGED MY KK LOST TO RUNNER RUNNER QUADS YESTERDAY", which is entirely missing the point. Just trying to nip it in the bud early. :)
 
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Well - if you have time to wade through 43 pages of posts you get to see a little bit more - the PT stats are scary.
 
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I did try to summarise it all dear - but there are 13 pages more since I went to sleep last night. :p
 
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That's quite worrysome.

Luckily, I have never played on Absolute Poker and it doesn't look I'll be changing that anytime soon.
 
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I guess the actual facts of what took place will surface soon. But, I can't help but think of the article I read a few months ago. It was describing how some computer guy was developing a type of spyware program that would sit unknown on a poker players hardware, and when he played online the user would be able to see his hole cards.

The recent problems with the PT website I understand, was a breech of their system. Maybe the invasion was to get IP address?

So, this issue doesn't necessarily mean the site was responsible. That might be just a rumor.

Be sad if someone was able to do that on their own. They were saying to see other players cards might have yet taken another 5 to 10 years to create. Hope someone out there wasn't ahead of their time.
 
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That's just some crazy stuff there. I started out on AP so it was my original (and only) online poker is riggat! place. Maybe all the crazies on the site could end up being right after all. I mean man, those stats are insane!
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is more about some individual players cheating rather than the whole site being rigged, ja?
 
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This isn't the first time Absolute has been accused of exploits including holecard viewing (link). In the light of this recent development I don't think linking to Absolute Poker on CardsChat is appropriate or responsible.

Summary of evidence thread
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is more about some individual players cheating rather than the whole site being rigged, ja?

Yes, but 'rigged' sounds cooler.
 
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Yawn, another rigged thread. Hopefully Dorkus Malorkus will come along soon and lock it.
 
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Oh Robert, you're such a card. ;)
 
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If this is true, the AP server code is written by a guy who should never have gotten a job as a programmer to begin with. It's such an elementary, stupid, big-fat NONO to make (making privileged information available to more than absolutely necessary) that if made once, it's an indication that anything that particular programmer has made is not trustworthy.

More than that, it further proves that

a) They don't have proper checks and reviews in place for the software that they release, which means that they suck, or
b) all of the people working with the reviews are also not smart enough to see what a bad idea this was, which means that the rest of their code can't be trusted, which means they suck.

In short: They suck. Jesus, do they suck. Holy mother, do they suck.

They suck. Really.

I'm royally pissed off, and I haven't played at Absolute for over a year. That's how badly they suck.
 
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Does anyone have the original link that was deleted out of the 2+2 thread?? It would be interesting to see all of the evidence. From what Ive seen here, Im glad Ive never played at AP.
 
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So that's why I've been losing so much at $3k NL on AP :(
 
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Problems(?) at Absolute

I'm glad that when I do play at Absolute that it's only for play chips and an occassional freeroll. Thanx for the info!!:D
 
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I read it all and it sounds just like rich high rollers, rolling over the less rich. Less rich get pissed off, get angry.


They showed a decent amount of hands with the steamroller and greycat guys losing hands too, they prolly wouldnt lose hands if they could see hole cards.


I dunno I dont think any hacking is going on, these guys are wiring in like 500k at a time aparently, they just sound like gamblers.

STAGE #753375692: HOLDEM NO LIMIT $30 - 2007-09-04 17:44:57 (ET)
Table: ALHAMBRA (real money) Seat #5 is the dealer
Seat 5 - DOUBLEDRAG ($22373 in chips)
Seat 6 - THE GRINDER ($11554 in chips)
Seat 2 - DTON21 ($1760 in chips)
Seat 3 - hero ($3055 in chips)
THE GRINDER - Posts small blind $15
DTON21 - Posts big blind $30
*** POCKET CARDS ***
Dealt to hero [5d 10d]
hero - Raises $90 to $90
DOUBLEDRAG - Raises $240 to $240
THE GRINDER - Folds
DTON21 - Folds
hero - Calls $150
*** FLOP *** [6d Qc 8d]
hero - Checks
DOUBLEDRAG - Bets $150
hero - All-In(Raise) $2815 to $2815
DOUBLEDRAG - Calls $2665
*** TURN *** [6d Qc 8d] [2s]
*** RIVER *** [6d Qc 8d 2s] [5c]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
hero - Shows [5d 10d] (One pair, fives)
DOUBLEDRAG - Shows [Kd 3c] (king high)
Collects $6153 from main pot

hes not even good
 
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They aren't multiple people. It's one guy with a bunch of accounts, and he just chip dumps between them.
River AF = he can see your cards.
 
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